Peru is the third largest country in South America, after Brazil and Argentina. It is popular for tourists around the world due to the ruins of Machu Picchu, but there are many other highlights of the country that attract travelers every year. Whether you look for eco-tourism and relax, or you want an adventurous travel, Peru is a paradise of contrasts. If you are planning to travel to Peru, think about a complete itinerary and enjoy a complete experience of culture and nature.
Five reminders why Peru has to be on everyone’s bucket list
1. THE CITY OF LIMA
Located in the coast of the Pacific Ocean, Lima is the capital of Peru, and it is a city of surprises and contrasts. Known as the city of Kings, boasts one of the nicest colonial downtown areas in South America. The city offers historic tourism with their monuments and museums, culinary experiences, as well as spectacular beaches and parks. Some of the best places to visit are the Love Park, the Plaza Mayor, the San Francisco Monastery and much more.
2. CUSCO AND THE SACRED VALLEY
One of the most important cultures that inhabited in the country before the colonization was the Inca civilization. Cusco was the capital of their empire, and it is still a major city today, well known as the Rome of America due to its historical attractions.
Furthermore, travelers shouldn’t miss Machu Picchu, easily accessible from Cusco. For those who love archeology, there are other incredible ruins to visit in Peru, such as Kuelap, Choquequirao or Chan Chan. Believe me all of them are worth to visit!
3. DEEP CANYONS AND VALLEYS OF PERU
Peru has some of the deepest canyons in the world, such as Colca Canyon, Cotahausi, Apurímac, Three Canyons, Sacred Valley… They offer breathtaking views and great natural surroundings for hiking, trekking, mountain biking and even kayaking in the river.
4. LAKE TITICACA AND SURROUNDINGS
One of the most interesting experiences of Peru is visiting the lake Titicaca, a large and deep lake in the Andes, on the border of Peru and Bolivia. The largest lake of South America offers incredible sights. It is a paradise of water, combined with the color of the different communities that live there, in floating islands in the lake, such as Aymara people and Quechua people.
For those who look for adventure or who are into learning more about biodiversity, the Amazon rainforest is a must in their itinerary around Peru. Visitors can stay in one of the jungle lodges, where they can learn about the different local communities. Another great option is the Cattleya Amazon Riverboat, an extraordinary cruise, where passengers can be comfortable while they enjoy the flora and the fauna.